Finley could draw interest from Celtics

After asking the San Antonio Spurs to let him go, Michael Finley(notes) is looking for a chance to be a factor on a title-contending team. The Boston Celtics are among the teams who have interest, league sources said.

Finley has played in only 25 games this season.
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The Spurs waived Finley on Monday after he expressed frustration about his limited role with the team. The Celtics, sources said, have some interest because they could use another shooter off the bench. A league source also said the Los Angeles Lakers eventually could have interest in Finley as an “insurance player” to help strengthen their own bench.

Boston recently traded for Nate Robinson(notes) and also has guards Marquis Daniels(notes) and Tony Allen(notes) to come off the bench. But the Celtics do have a history of adding veteran free agents in recent seasons, including Stephon Marbury(notes), P.J. Brown(notes) and Sam Cassell(notes).

Finley turns 37 on Saturday. He averaged 3.7 points in 25 games this season, but his agent said Finley remains confident he still can be a contributor.

“It was a situation where the Spurs understood why Michael wanted to pursue other opportunities elsewhere,” said Henry Thomas, Finley’s agent. “He wants to be part of the mix again. He’s a competitor who has never been in that position [of not playing] before.”

Finley played with San Antonio for five seasons and won an NBA title in 2007. He is expected to continue working out in San Antonio until he signs with a new team.

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Updated Monday, Mar 1, 2010